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Mang Cham, Thimphu Drubchen: Day Two, Main Day

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Mang Cham, Thimphu Drubchen: Day Two, Main Day
Additional title: Dance of All the Deities
Additional title: Marcham
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Dates / Origin
Date Created: 2006
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 1020
Dance -- Bhutan
Folk dancing -- Bhutan
Dance -- Religious aspects -- Buddhism
Rites & ceremonies -- Bhutan
Masks -- Bhutan
Sword-dance -- Bhutan
Dzongs -- Bhutan -- Thimphu (District)
Thimphu (Bhutan : District)
Festivals -- Bhutan
Ritual and ceremonial dancing -- Bhutan
Mask dances -- Bhutan
Filmed dance
Filmed performances
Content: Programme for the Thimphu Drubchen, Day Two (Sept. 28, 2006): Mang Cham (Marcham) - Dance of All the Deities ; Lham Tsomai Ngoecham - The real Dance of the Great Goddess (Pelden Lhamo).
Venue: Videotaped in performance at the Trashi Cho [Tashichho] Dzong, in Thimphu, Bhutan (ground level: looking across arena along the right diagonal towards the Je Khenpho's seat), on Sept. 28, 2006.
Acquisition: Gift; Core of Culture. NN-PD
Biographical/historical: The 11-day annual Lhamoi Drubchhen, is a rite performed to appease Pelden Lhamo (the Goddess Mahakali), one of the three main spiritual protectors of the Drukpa Kagyue school of Buddhism. The sacred 11-day ceremony is performed by His Holiness the Je Khenpo and 250 monks of the central monk body at the Dukhang (congregation hall) of Tashichhodzong for 22 hours at a stretch in a day with only short breaks for meals and rest. The clergy performs a three-day rite for the Thimphu Domchoe while the Lham Tsomo dance, a highlight of the Thimphu Domchoe festival, is performed in the courtyard of the Tashichhodzong.
Biographical/historical: The Drubchhen was instituted between 1705 and 1709 by Kuenga Gyaltshen, the first reincarnation of Jampel Dorji, the son of Zhabdrung Ngawang Namgyal.
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Extent: 1 video file (108 min.) : sound, color
Mangcham is the dance where all the different deities are present at the same time. Lham Tshomai Ngoecham takes place within the greater dance For a similar account of Mangcham, performed by essentially the same group, see the entries for Punakha Drubchen, 2005. The picture shows the deity Remati.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19897250
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 6521d580-f876-0130-0609-3c075448cc4b
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  • 2006: Created
  • 2013: Digitized
  • 2021: Found by you!
  • 2022

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Mang Cham" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 2006.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "Mang Cham" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed March 1, 2021.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (2006). Mang Cham Retrieved from

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Mang Cham